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Former Biloxi casino employee charged with embezzlement

BILOXI — Police say a former employee at the Imperial Palace Casino has been arrested after casino representatives accused her of embezzling casino funds. Biloxi Police Investigator Grandver Everett tells The Sun Herald a casino representative called police on Oct. 15, 2014, about Brittany Nicole Blackwelder allegedly embezzling money. Everett says an investigation revealed Blackwelder developed a process that gave ...

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'Free State of Jones' movie begins filming in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The Civil War drama “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConnaughey, has started shooting in Louisiana. McConnaughey plays Newton Knight, who rebelled against Confederate authority in Mississippi’s Jones County. Other actors include Gugu Mbatha-Raw who appeared in “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights;” Keri Russell, who has appeared in “Felicity” and “The Americans” and Mahershala Ali, who has ...

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2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi

COLUMBUS — In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. “We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. While in the past, movies filmed in Mississippi were based on stories that took place ...

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AG opinions: Biloxi can't sell naming rights to ball field

BILOXI — A Mississippi attorney general’s office opinion has derailed an agreement between Biloxi and the Shuckers minor league baseball team to sell the naming rights for MGM Park’s playing field. The agreement had called for the city to earn an extra $50,000 a year to help repay the construction bond for the stadium. The attorney general’s opinion reads, in ...

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Mississippi rapper Afroman arrested for punching fan

BILOXI — Mississippi rapper Afroman has been arrested for misdemeanor simple assault after punching a fan at a Tuesday night concert in Biloxi. The 40-year-old rapper, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, was released by Biloxi police after posting $330 bond. A video posted on various news outlet websites appears to show a female fan coming on stage and approaching ...

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Hilton suites brand to replace hotel razed after tornado

TUPELO — An 80-room Tupelo hotel demolished because of heavy damage from the tornado last April will be replaced by a larger hotel — one with the Hilton brand. Fusion Hospitality owner Bruce Patel tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that a 108-room Home2 Suites will be built where the Comfort Suites once stood. It will be the second Hilton ...

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House approves recording, concert, theater incentives

JACKSON — House members favor subsidies for people who record music or produce concerts or theater performances in Mississippi. The House voted 110-5 to pass House Bill 907 Thursday, sending it to the Senate. House Tourism Committee Chairwoman Rita Martinson, a Madison Republican, says the measure will lure more recording and concerts to Mississippi. An out-of-state company spending at least ...

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Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on their path of aspiring to ...

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Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some music recordings, concerts and theater ...

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